Jack joins fight against alcohol and violence

JACK Hooper is two years shy of legal drinking age, but he's already challenging the culture of drugs and alcohol on the Sunshine Coast.

The 16-year-old Maroochydore State High School student is among a group of young people who made a YouTube video airing their views on alcohol-fuelled violence.

"Things shouldn't happen like they have been and the things you see in the news,'' Jack said. "One hit can kill.

"We shouldn't have to resort to having to push the message, it should be general knowledge not to hit someone just because they looked at you funny.

"This message needs to be pushed now.''

Those who filmed the video are aged 12 to 25 and members of Sustainable Partnerships Australia, which organises events for youths on the Coast.

Next in line is the Raw Sounds Festival at Lake Kawana Community Centre on April 4.

Sustainable Partnerships Australia youth engagement officer Amy Doran said that since making the video the group members had become more switched on and were challenging their friends about drug and alcohol perceptions.

Sunshine Coast PCYC branch manager Sergeant Marty 

Hunt commended the youths for weighing in on the debate about alcohol-fuelled violence.

SENDING A MESSAGE: Jack Hooper, who is part of the Raw Sounds team, has helped to put together a video deploring the prevalence of alcohol-fuelled violence.
SENDING A MESSAGE: Jack Hooper, who is part of the Raw Sounds team, has helped to put together a video deploring the prevalence of alcohol-fuelled violence. Brett Wortman

More on the Raw Sounds festival in today's Weekend section.


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